YOU read about Sunderland in your Echo every day – but just how much do you really know about the city?
Test your local knowledge with our New Year Quiz and see if you are a real Mackem – or should consider a move to Tyneside...
For those who enjoy a challenge, try the final 10 “brain–buster” questions.
A stack of local history books are on offer to the first reader to get them all right.
1: What type of public transport was unveiled in Sunderland in 1879?
2: In which war did the locally raised 160th (Wearside) Brigade Royal Field Artillery fight?
3: Which Carry On star is said to haunt the Sunderland Empire?
4: The word “dressmaker” was a polite term for which profession during Victorian times in Sunderland?
5: The Queen opened a new £16million maternity unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital in which year?
6: Wartime hero, and former Sunderland schoolboy, Eddie Chapman died in 1997. What was he famous for?
7: A 99-year-old Wearside pit was “murdered” in 1971. Name it.
8: In which year did Sunderland Football Club move from Roker Park to the Stadium of Light?
9. It was all change for the Sunderland Echo in 1976. Why?
10. Shipbuilding history was made on the River Wear in 1957 with the launch of the Spinanger? How?
11. Tens of thousands of Wearsiders packed the streets of Sunderland on May 3, 1937. Why?
12. The Perdio Electronics factory closed in 1965. Where was it based?
13. A Wearside drift mine with roots dating back to the 14th century closed in 1978. Name it.
14. It was last orders for Vaux Brewery in which year?
15. Sports fans were celebrating a first-class result in 1990. Why?
16. Boldon Colliery closed in 1982. How old was it?
17. Hylton tram depot was converted to cater for omnibuses in which year?
18. A seafront music venue, which once played host to The Jam, The Kinks and Free, was demolished in 1982. Can you name it.
19. In which year did Sunderland Corporation become the first council in Britain to buy a theatre – the Sunderland Empire?
20. Nissan was given the go-ahead to build which car in 1999?
21: Shop at Binns for Everything – that was the legend every Wearsider grew up with. In which year did the business finally close?
22. What happened to Sunderland during the Queen’s 40th jubilee year?
23: In which year was The Rink – later known as Fusion nightclub – demolished?
24: Hendon Rope Works closed in 1968, with the loss of 88 jobs. What was it originally known as?
25: Usworth Aerodrome – one of the first airfields opened during World War One – was mothballed in which year?
TO be in with a chance of winning a stack of local history books, try your hand at these questions:
26: Silksworth singer Val Tino released his first single in 1969. Name it.
27: Breeda Sheehan ran a successful shoe business in High Street West after the war. Which items did she specialise in?
28: Name the last ship to be launched at Austin’s in March 1963.
29 Venus was blamed for a spate of vandalism in which Wearside park in 1952?
30: The first peal of bells ever heard from St Andrew’s Church at Roker rang out in July of which year?
31: The Rondefjell made history when it was launched from John Crown’s shipyard in April 1951. Why?
32: Which building in Roker Avenue was put up for sale in January 1971?
33: The SS Rosalie crashed into the overhead safety line at South Hylton ferry in March of which year?
34: What sort of dancing lessons were on offer at the Mayfair Ballroom in 1983?
35: Almost 118 years of history came to an end in 1964 with the closure of which shipyard?
Email your answers to: firstname.lastname@example.org before January 15.